I always want to be in control of my faculties. I don't get drunk and I've never tried any mind-altering substance except marijuana once and I did not enjoy it. I suspect the phase in life I'm in, with kids and businesses and responsibilities, makes it even less attractive to not be in full control of my mind. Still, I am very intrigued by the kind of discovery and exploration possible with things like Ayahuasca. I know several people who have had very intense and beneficial experiences. I would love to hear any stories - positive or negative - from anyone who has done hallucinogenics. Not so much about the trip itself, but whether and to what extent you feel you gained permanently from it, what conditions are important, etc. I'd also love to hear your take on what causes these experiences and what is actually being experienced.